Wife pays her tribute to fan of folk music Jim

Local farmer Jim Wilkinson
Local farmer Jim Wilkinson

A retired farmer, well known on the local folk club scene, has died at the age of 84.

Jim Wilkinson of High Whins Farm, Tranmire was born in Gosforth, Newcastle, one of 11 children.

He had a varied early career before he went into farming.

As a teenager during the Second World War, he was evacuated to Cockermouth and then when he left school, worked for a year in a bank.

But his wife Mu, said: “He hated being in the bank and so rather than waiting until he was called up to do his National Service he joined the Marines.”

Following his service, Mr Wilkinson went to a forestry school and then found work at Mulgrave Castle.

Mrs Wilkinson said: “It was then he met my brother and they both had a great love of music and song.

“We used to go to the folk club in the Plough Inn in Whitby and later Jim ran it for some years.

“Our whole family have got involved in running folk weekends and people come to them from all over the country.

“Over the years we’ve raised about £75,000 in aid of children’s hospices.”

The couple also took care of foster children and Mrs Wilkinson said that she is still in touch with three of them.

For a time before he retired at the aged of 65, Mr Wilkinson worked in Boulby potash mine and following his retirement he formed the White Hart Folk Club in Mickleby.

As well as his wife, Mr Wilkinson leaves five children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held in St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Ugthorpe where the couple were married, followed by interment in the churchyard.